As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things. First, she was travelling through open space.
–Becky Chambers - The long way to a small angry planet - c. 2015
Wayfarers ; #1
Rosemary Harper is running away from her past. She wants a new life. A new start. So she heads into space, joining the crew of the Wayfarer, a tunnelling ship, and its crew of mixed species and personalities. It is certainly different from what she is used to, and that is what she wants.
I loved this book. So much! I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it. I’d seen it mentioned on a few blogs, but nothing had really prompted me to put it on Mount TBR, but then I spotted it in the library when I’d forgotten to bring the book I was currently reading. So I picked it up, started reading, and loved it straight away.
It was just so much fun. It has it all, action and adventure, romance, danger and death! What more could you want.
The edition I borrowed has the UK/IRE cover which is this first image. And it is a good cover. Classic sci-fi, looking at the stars and wondering what it out there. It does a good job of getting that across. But the US cover… it just fits the book so much better. I mean, it is a sort of pulpy cover, and is much more “fun”. The UK cover is much more serious looking. Which isn’t to say that the book is a no-brainer. There is plenty there to widen the reader’s perspective, and it does raise a whole heap of issues. From AI to alien interactions, to sexuality, and whole heap more. So it is a serious book in that respect. But it is also fun and engaging and so easy to read. It just feels more like the second image [ref]the one up in the header image[/ref] is you know what I mean?
It actually felt a lot like watching Firefly, a small crew, interacting, living on the edge, trying to make their way. Although the crew are a lot more diverse than those of Serenity but if I was asked to find something to compare The long way to a small angry planet to, it would definitely be the ‘verse. It has that same feel of family to it.
And those that have been around this blog for a while know that that is high praise indeed. Because I love and adore Firefly.
If you are thinking of picking this one up there is a read-along currently underway, hosted by Lisa from Over the Effing Rainbow. I’m useless at readalongs, because if I’m enjoying a book there is no way I’m going to spread out my reading over a couple of weeks. I will, however, check in on the questions and answers as they seem to be raising lots of interesting discussion.